Paul Mellon: A Cambridge Tribute
To mark the centenary of one of its greatest benefactors, the American philanthropist and art collector Paul Mellon, the Fitzwilliam Museum is mounting this summer an exhibition which illustrates his many ties to the United Kingdom and to Cambridge in particular.
A dedicated Anglophile who from his childhood years in Britain and time at Cambridge University in the early 1930s developed a life-long love of English culture, Paul Mellon went on to create one of the greatest collections of British art outside this country with which he founded the Yale Center for British Art in 1977. Comprising works from the Museum and from Mr Mellon’s own collection lent by Yale, this exhibition traces his love of British art and sport to the formative years he spent as a post-graduate at Clare College from 1929 to 1931, focusing both on his personal taste and on the reasons that led to the formation of his definitive collection.
On display will be paintings, drawings, prints, books, applied arts and memorabilia that are connected to Paul Mellon’s British interests, including major eighteenth and nineteenth-century paintings such as George Stubbs’ Gimcrack and John Constable’s Hampstead Heath, as well as works on paper by William Blake and Thomas Rowlandson. Sir Alfred Munnings’ specially commissioned portrait of Paul Mellon on Dublin will form the centrepiece of the exhibition alongside Tessa Pullan’s bronze bust of Paul Mellon on loan from Clare College.
Tue 12 June 2007 to Sun 23 September 2007
Octagon (Gallery 10)